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    February 2, 2017

    Become a Sponsor of the Biggest Francophone Event in the Region!

    Le Festival du Loup is in the midst of acquiring sponsorships for this year’s Festival. To become part of our winning team, follow this link:

    Sponsorship Information

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    Photo: Martin Lalonde, president, receives a cheque from our first sponsor. Nadine Lalonde, owner of Traductions Zip Zap Translations, is a loyal Festival du Loup sponsor and always the first to support us. Thank you!

    January 31, 2017

    La Meute’s 2017 Administrative Committee

    La Meute culturelle de Lafontaine has a new and enthusiastic Administrative Committee. A warm welcome to Corrinne, Claire, and Bernadette. Also, a big thank you to Mikaela Lefaive for her precious contributions over the years. We miss you already…

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    Photo: Corrinne Prévost, Claire Thibideau, Bernadette Marchand, Ginette Pelletier; André Beausoleil, Marc Lalonde, Michel Payment

    January 7, 2017

    La Meute hosting AGM Jan. 26

    planif-avec-paulette-1Everyone is welcome to attend la Meute culturelle’s annual general meeting (taking place entirely en français) on Thursday, Jan. 26 at le Villageois in Lafontaine.

    The organization recently completed a strategic plan, which will be discussed during the meeting. La Meute culturelle de Lafontaine will also elect new council members and discuss past and future projects.

    For more information, call 705-543-1535 or check out administrative rules for the organization (again, en français).

    November 15, 2016

    Photos of Lafontaine’s living museum

    Thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of the 2016 edition of Lafontaine’s Living Museum.

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    October 26, 2016

    Lafontaine museum looking for volunteers!

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    This antique rocking horse will be on display

    Lafontaine’s Living Museum is looking for volunteers to welcome school groups from Monday, November 7 to Friday, November 11 from 9 a.m to 3 p.m.

    If you speak French and would like to lend a hand, contact leloup@festivalduloup.on.ca or 705-543-1535.

    October 19, 2016

    Lafontaine Living Museum to showcase games and hobbies of the past

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    Mary Andrushko is loaning the museum this poster, signed by the entire 1967 Maple Leafs team

    The upcoming edition of Lafontaine’s Living Museum will showcase games and hobbies of the past through tours, activities, exhibits and even food. Visitors young and old, francophone and anglophone, are invited to visit Lafontaine Parish Hall to revisit what “fun” looked like before electronics.

    The museum opens Sunday, November 6 with a chicken potpie dinner hosted by chef Larry Lalonde harkening back to Lafontaine’s old church bazaars. It closes on Saturday, November 12 with an antique hat parade followed by tea and desserts prepared by local baking legend Lucille Marchand. During the weekdays in between, the museum will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Volunteers will use stories and artefacts to bring historical pastimes to life. Visitors, including several hundred francophone students from local schools, will enjoy opportunities to play old games like marbles and crokinole.

    Collecting was a popular pastime, and one exhibit is sure to impress hockey fans. Local antiquarian Marty Andrushko of Marty’s Antiques and Collectibles in Orillia’s Antique Mall has loaned his series of valuable hockey cards – some of them more than 100 years old. Other treasures from Marty include a Mic Mac hockey stick made of a single piece of wood, skates from the 1920s, and a poster signed by the entire Maple Leafs team in 1967: the year they last won the Stanley Cup.

    Some of the other hobbies on display will include fishing, hunting, needlework, woodworking, sculpture, dancing and even gossiping at the corner store.

    Tickets for the potpie dinner cost $20 for adults and $10 for children. They can be purchased at le Goût de Vivre (705-533-3349) and at la Meute culturelle (705-543-1535) in Lafontaine. Tickets for the museum can be purchased at the door.

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    September 12, 2016

    Free workshop with professional storyteller Alexis Roy

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    Do you want to learn how to write and tell a good story? Join this free workshop with professional storyteller, Alexis Roy.

    • Workshop name: Write a story
    • Workshop lead: Alexis Roy, professional storyteller
    • Dates: October 29 and 30 (Saturday and Sunday) from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
    • Where: at la Meute culturelle de Lafontaine, 328 Lafontaine Road West, Tiny (Lafontaine)
    • How to prepare: Have a story in mind

    Please note that the workshop and storytelling will take place en Français.

    June 23, 2016

    Wood, paint, brushes… all we need is you!

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    This year, Huronia Foundation for the Arts joins the Festival to offer you a larger variety of wolves for the silent auction. Saturday, July 9th, come to La Meute to show us your artistic talent as you paint a wolf that will be sold in the auction the following Saturday, during the Festival! We will be equipped with material for you to use to create your wolf (paint, paint brushes), but do not hesitate to bring your own material if you prefer to use your colours!

    This art day will take place at La Meute (328, Lafontaine Road West) on Saturday, July 9th from 10am to 4pm. Come get creative with us!

    The silent auction (l’encan de loups) is proudly sponsored by Midland Home Hardware Building Centre.

    Reservations: 705-543-1535

    June 9, 2016

    Purchase your Festival tickets now!

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    You can now purchase your Festival Pass and The Great Howling tickets at the following locations:

    Festival Pass: $40 adults, $20 youth (17 and under)

    The Great Howling (Saturday night): $20 adults, $10 youth (17 and under)

     

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    OMG! Furniture & Fashions

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    77 Main Street, Penetanguishene, ON

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    The Elegant Gourmet

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    235 King Street, Midland, ON

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    Midland Cultural Centre

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    Wendy B’s Fine Foods

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    336 Lafontaine Rd. West, Tiny, ON

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    ** Huge THANKS to our ticket selling locations! **

     

    Purchase your tickets online HERE.

     

    June 3, 2016

    Announcing lineup for 13th annual Festival du Loup

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    Volunteers and community members show off their painted wolf cutouts – the symbol of Lafontaine

    From July 14 to 17, Lafontaine will host the 13th edition of the Festival du Loup – an annual celebration of local francophone culture.

    For the reasonable price of $40 for a weekend pass ($20 for people 17 and under), participants get access to a whole lotta fun and a generous dose of local colour. At this truly unique festival, everything happens en français : live music, activities for children, traditional storytelling, and much more.

    The four-day event takes place in and around Lafontaine Park, on the 16th concession of Tiny Township. It is almost entirely staffed by local, French-speaking volunteers.

    The festival’s crowning event is Saturday’s Grand Hurlement (or Great Howling). It features a howling contest and live music that always gets people on their feet and dancing. This year’s main act is Québec’s Le Bal à l’huile, specializing toe-tapping, traditional-style, French-Canadian tunes.

    Families will want to check out Lafontaine’s first ever tractor parade – starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday down Lafontaine Road. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day, Lafontaine Park will feature live music, talented artisans, games for kids, a wolf-themed silent art auction, yummy food and performances by an innovative comedic dance troupe. Festival-goers can then fuel up for the Grand Hurlement with a delicious supper prepared by Larry Lalonde.

    Thursday’s storytelling will include tales spun by professional Alexis Roy, as well as the story of Lafontaine’s historic « strong man », Réal Maurice, as told by locals. Friday’s northern night will offer a night of laid-back live music by talented Franco-Ontarians from further up our province. Sunday will feature a folk mass and meal at l’Église Ste-Croix.

    Le Festival du loup was originally created by to help bring local history to life – including that of Lafontaine’s beautiful church. The festival was named after a legendary wolf that brought francophone parishioners together – first in fear as it destroyed local flocks of sheep, then in celebration when it was shot dead.

    Tickets can be bought online (there’s a small service charge) or in person at the Midland Cultural Centre, Elegant Gourmet, and La Clé. If you speak French, you can also sign up to volunteer.

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